Cross Country NY to SF road trip

Adobe / Engd-park
Dec 2, 2018 16 Comments

I’m planning a road trip from NYC to SF with my fiancé starting Dec 21 to 1st Jan. We both enjoy traveling and will take turns driving. We are planning to rent a mid-size SUV (AWD) and are looking for pointers on coming up with a route. We might need to detour in case of heavy snowing/ poor weather conditions. Can someone share their experience of doing this in December? Any tips or pointers on deciding the route would be extremely appreciated! We don’t have any pets.



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  • OpenTable Meliodas
    I-80 or further south would be your best bet.

    I-90 has more to see, but most of it will be shut down for the winter.
    Dec 2, 20181
    • Adobe MarsLnding
      Agree with OpenTable. I’ve done eight cross-country road trips (in all four seasons), and I-80 will be your best bet. Just use GoogleMaps to plot your trip and you’ll be fine.

      Keep in mind that in some places, you need to be aware that it will be several hours without gas stations. But, that’s OK - just use the GasBuddy app and keep your tank full.

      Make sure your rental has a shovel and kitty litter if you get stuck in the snow in the parts where there is snow. And always keep water, snacks, and a blanket. Even though you’re not traveling alone, I’ve always given my route plans to 1-2 people and checked in.

      Of course, for the latter, texting works. 🤪

      Road trips are the absolute best. I’ve seen more incredible things while driving in the States that way. Have fun.
      Dec 2, 2018
  • Amazon Cmcbcxchvc
    Join AAA and bring lots of maps. My cell phone coverage did not work reliably all across the US and having a map saved me a couple times
    Dec 2, 20182
    • Google / Othersnidely
      Just download offline Google maps data. Your GPS will work even if cellular data does not
      Dec 2, 2018
    • Amazon Cmcbcxchvc
      That’s true but if you’re driving 500 miles that’s a lot of off-line maps.
      Dec 2, 2018
  • Google / Othersnidely
    Sounds great. Any extra seats for your friends from The Blind?
    Dec 2, 20180
  • Dell / Eng


    EMC Corporation
    I've done that trip a few times .. things get pretty boring in the middle if you take i80 .. if I had the time and had to do it again in December I'd take the southern route via Dallas, el Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles. Yes it adds 8 hours of drive time but I find the drive much more enjoyable / interesting.
    Dec 2, 20180
  • SAP / MgmtGT2RS
    take i40 would be your best bet... a bit detour from NY, but much safer and u can enjoy some nice weathers. i did a road trip from philly to SF 4 years ago, i40 would be a very easy drive.
    Dec 2, 20183
    • New 5'6
      How long did it take you?
      Dec 2, 2018
    • SAP / MgmtGT2RS
      6 days... 3500 miles. for me it’s like rushing through.. little to none sightseeing. made a few stops at santa fe
      Dec 2, 2018
    • DigitalOcean / Other


      I40 can get treacherous around flagstaff into western NM and can get shit down. Perfect excuse to detour into Sedona ;)
      Dec 14, 2018
  • Amazon 123raj
    Also be prepared for more fights than usual.
    Dec 2, 20180
  • Dropbox drl/food
    Reschedule for April.
    Dec 2, 20181
    • Adobe / Engd-park
      We can’t. This is the only time we have to do it
      Dec 2, 2018
  • State Farm / Eng599
    Sounds fun! Good luck and drive safe!
    Dec 2, 20180
  • New mdGG61
    That's amazing! Good luck oj ypur trip! :)
    Dec 2, 20180

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